Unveiling the Unexpected Beauty of an Empty Soccer Stadium
(These interviews were conducted in Spanish.)
Soccer stadiums are full of passion, roars and cheers, unless they are empty. That’s when magic happens.
A few hours before the long-awaited Copa America (@copaamericachile2015) final between Chile and Argentina, the Estadio Nacional (National Stadium) in Santiago, Chile showed a different face to a group of Instagrammers. “You see this place completely empty, in silence, as if it was dormant, but you know it’ll awake soon,” says Tomás Westenenk Orrengo (@t_w_o), a Chilean architect who took part in #emptycopaamerica, an opportunity to greet and meet the stadium’s history with no one around.
“Every corridor and aisle, it’s like a big labyrinth that can take you to unexpected places, so I was inventing memories in my head. In the end, I was able to stop seeing it as a stadium and was able to defragment all of its elements as artistic pieces that produce and communicate different feelings,” adds Alberto Siredey (@asiredey), a designer from the Chilean capital.